Vero Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Vero Beach Motorcycle Accidents
Florida’s fine weather and wide-open roads make it one of the top states in the nation for motorcycles; sadly it’s also one of the top states in the nation for motorcycle crashes resulting in injury or death. Fewer than 10% of all motor vehicles registered in the state are motorcycles, but motorcyclists represent nearly 20% of traffic deaths. There are many reasons why motorcycle riders are many times more likely to be injured or killed in a traffic accident than the driver of a car or truck. Unfortunately, injured motorcyclists face a tougher time getting compensated after a motorcycle crash. Read on to learn more about Florida motorcycle accidents, and contact one of our trusted Motorcycle Accident Lawyers if you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Vero Beach due to any of the following:
- Driver makes a left turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Vehicle driven aggressively around a motorcycle, forcing it off the road
- Driver does not check blind spots before turning or changing lanes
- Texting while driving or other distracted driving
Injured Motorcyclists Face an Uphill Battle for Insurance Claims
If you are injured in a car accident in Florida, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage will pay a portion of your medical expenses and lost income up to $10,000 or more. PIP is required for drivers of all types of cars, but it is not required for motorcycles, and many insurance companies will not provide PIP coverage for motorcycles. An injured motorcyclist also cannot access PIP coverage through a vehicle policy owned by a member of the household, like a car accident victim could.
Without no-fault PIP coverage, a motorcycle accident victim is left with the task of suing the negligent driver who caused the accident. This requires proving that the other driver was at fault in causing the accident and that the injuries are a result of that accident. Meanwhile, negligent drivers and their insurance companies try to pin the blame on the motorcyclist, claiming the biker was riding recklessly or aggressively and caused the accident. Many people who wind up sitting on juries are all too willing to blame a motorcycle accident on the biker. Even if the motorcyclist is considered to be just partly to blame, this can significantly reduce the amount of compensation that would otherwise be awarded.
At Lulich Attorneys & Consultants, we employ accident reconstructionists and other experts necessary to uncover the facts of the case and prove the other driver’s negligence and fault. We work hard to get the maximum compensation for an injured motorcyclist, and we fight to keep our clients from being unfairly labeled as negligent for an accident that wasn’t their fault.
Dealing with the Uninsured and Underinsured
Florida law requires all drivers to carry $10,000 of liability insurance to be used in the event they are responsible for causing serious bodily injury in a motor vehicle accident. Although this requirement is one of the lowest in the nation, many people ignore the law and drive without liability insurance. In fact, Florida ranks second in the country in the number of uninsured drivers on the road. What happens if you are struck by a driver who does not have insurance?
When the driver who hit you was uninsured, you can make a claim with your insurance company under your Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage. UM coverage can also be used if you are the victim of a hit and run and cannot identify the other driver. Lulich Attorneys & Consultants can represent you in your UM claim to ensure you get the full amount of compensation. People who pursue their claim without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer typically receive far less from the insurance company, which offers low amounts to settle claims as cheaply as possible.
Even if the driver did carry insurance, the low $10,000 minimum may not be enough to cover all your injuries. If your Underinsured Motorist coverage is higher than the other driver’s liability policy, you can make a UIM claim on your policy to help make up the difference between the cost of your injuries and the other driver’s coverage. Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers can help you with both your negligence claim against the other driver and your UIM claim against your insurance company, to ensure you get all the compensation you are entitled to.
Free Consultations with our Vero Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Vero Beach, call one of our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Lulich Attorneys & Consultants at 771-774-7771. Your call is free, and there is no fee until we win your case. Don’t worry if you cannot travel to our office. We can come to you.